Agentless multi-cloud networking pioneer Alkira has announced a strategic collaboration with air transport IT specialist SITA

Users of SITA Connect Go, an SASE (secure access service edge) solution, will now be able to seamlessly access cloud applications through Alkira’s streamlined multi-cloud connectivity solution. This integration enhances efficiency and agility in air transport operations worldwide, representing a ground-breaking advancement in the aviation industry, the new partners said.

The networking solution, a first for the industry, reflects aviation’s shift towards multi-cloud environments. According to a report by industry analyst Gartner, 81% of companies are adopting multi-cloud strategies, with an estimated 30% increase in multi-cloud networking software usage in 2023.

SITA has established a dynamic foundation that adapts to evolving customer demands, and the integration of Alkira’s multi-cloud solution into our platform is a pivotal enhancement,” said Martin Smillie, senior vice president of SITA Communications and Data Exchange. “Our customers rely on us to provide the most dependable and cutting-edge solutions to foster their business growth. Today marks a significant milestone as SITA and Alkira collaborate to redefine cloud network connectivity within the aviation industry, facilitating a faster and smoother transition for our customers to embrace cloud networks.”

Despite the rising demand for multi-cloud networking, IT teams need help managing complexity and visibility. Alkira addresses these hurdles by providing a unified network topology and a centralised portal, seamlessly integrating with SITA’s existing SASE solution. Alkira eliminates the need for hardware infrastructure, enabling swift provisioning and deployment of cloud networking resources.

Alkira is providing SITA with segmentation and micro-segmentation capabilities, offering users more granular control over network access, minimising the attack surface, and preventing lateral movement of threats within specific segments. SITA will also benefit from Alkira’s Extranet as-a-Service (EaaS) for partner connectivity, allowing airlines to seamlessly and securely connect with their business partners.

“SITA has been a renowned, cutting-edge IT provider in the aviation sector for 75 years, and Alkira is eager to join that journey in the multi-cloud era,” said Atif Khan, chief technology officer at Alkira. “Air travel is on the rise, and airlines are looking for ways to handle the increased demand more efficiently and safely. Working together, Alkira and SITA will enable airlines to quickly, easily, and safely modernise their networks to meet rapidly shifting customer demands and deliver a truly frictionless travel experience.”

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